Airedale Terrier


Tallest among all terriers, the Airedale Terrier is strong-willed yet obedient and easily trained. They have a very distinct appearance of seeming to stand at attention. The short head merges with the long and square muzzle. They have a strong and sturdy square build that enable them to move quickly. As a puppy the tail is docked. Descendant of the Otterhound and has been known to hold positions, such as police dog, that require a couragous and protective attitude.


A well-rounded personality befits the Airedale Terrier. Rarely exhibiting character in the extreme, this breed carries an air of confidence with a friendly demeanor that is often playful. The Airedale Terrier is social with those who are familiar, but may be slow to warm to strangers. The Airedale Terrier is smart and will not backdown when faced with an aggressor. Unless raised alongside and trained early, the Airedale may not favor sharing his family with other pets. Better suited with middle-aged children and older as they have a tendency to jump around and play rough.

Height and Weight

Height:22-24″ Weight: 45-50 lbs.

Health Problems

The skin of the Airedale Terrier is prone to inflammation and itching. This may result from an allergic reaction or chemical imbalance. Genetic disorders associated with Airedale Terriers include progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, and hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

Homes with large backyards are best for the energetic Airedale Terrier, but they are fine as indoor pets as long as there is plenty for them to do and at some point during the day they have an opportunity for activity.


Insuffient exercise can fuel an Airedale Terrier to seek other means of activity, such as destroying property and barking without reason. Tagging along with their master during physically strenuous physical activites, such as hiking, swimming, and running will satisfy their daily need for activity.

Life Expectancy

The Airedale Terrier has an average life expectancy of 10-14 years.

Litter Size


Terriers are usually low maintenance, but the Airedale Terrier is unique in that it has the potential to shed heavily during certain times of the year. The shedding is a result of their two-layer coat. The top layer is thick and wiry and lays close to the skin, while the bottom layer is soft and short. Shedding is best prevented by stripping the top layer at least twice a year and brushing the hair on a regular basis. Regular trimming of the beard is also recommended.


The Airedale Terrier was originally bred in Great Britain as a small game hunter.




The Airedale Terrier coat is both tan and black. Typically covering the face, legs, and chest, tan is the dominant color.